Seneca Co. hunters bag 165 wild turkeys
Seneca County hunters bagged 165 wild turkeys during the season that ended Saturday, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife, three more than the 2011 spring season.
The results in other area counties were mixed.
In Crawford County, hunters took 77 birds, compared to 85 last year; Hancock, 23 (31); Huron, 152 (158); Sandusky, 13 (17); Wood, 19 (21); and Wyandot: 88 (105).
Statewide, hunters checked 17,647 wild turkeys during the four-week season, a 3 percent decrease from last year's harvest of 18,162.
Ashtabula County led the state with 762, followed by Tuscarawas, 531; Guernsey, 495; Coshocton, 492; Muskingum, 486; Belmont, 456; Knox, 451; Harrison, 450; Trumbull, 428; and Adams, 420.
The Division of Wildlife estimates more than 70,000 people hunted turkeys.
Forestry, wildlife camp on tap for teens
Ohio Forestry and Wildlife Conservation Camp is to take place June 10-15 at FFA Camp Muskingum in Carroll County.
The camp is a weeklong resident camp that combines fun and learning with the goal of reaching the next generation of caretakers of Ohio's natural resources.
Programs this year include tree identification, ecology, wildlife management, forest management, wildlife tracking, maple syrup production, forest industries and arborist work, along with other options.
Camp cost is $325 per student, and is open to all youth who have completed the eighth grade and are at least 15 years old.
For more information, call (888) 38-TREES or visit www.ohioforest.org.
Remember ash borer
Emerald ash borer, an invasive insect that kills ash trees, continues to spread throughout Ohio. During EAB Awareness Week this week, Ohioans are reminded of the pest's impact and their role in helping to limit its spread.
Ohio and several other states affected by the voracious beetle have marked EAB Awareness Week during the past few years in an effort to spread the word about its impact on the environment and the economy.
Since its discovery in Detroit in 2002, EAB has destroyed millions of native ashes and has the potential to completely erase these valuable hardwood and landscape trees from North America.
EAB infestations have been confirmed in most western and northern Ohio counties. So far in 2012, Columbiana, Guernsey and Muskingum in eastern Ohio have joined the list of infested counties. An EAB infestations map from the Ohio Department of Agriculture is available at go.osu.edu/EABmap.
People are asked to report suspected to (888) OHIO-EAB.